The Guide to Life After University
Business, Creativity and Personal Growth with Polly Vadasz
Season 2, Ep. 22
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing the Founder of Sighh Studio, Polly Vadasz. As a business owner, designer and all-round creative, Polly shares how she’s scaled the business that she started from her bedroom as a teenager into the beloved brand it is today.Here, Polly discusses the importance of investing in personal growth to be able to confidently move forward and evolve in a personal and professional capacity, as well as how to find the joy within a creative job when your passion becomes your business. She also offers practical advice for young people looking to pursue creative careers. After tripling their revenue in 2020, Sighh Studio is more popular than ever due to Polly’s passion, perseverance and ability to adapt and evolve year on year. Find out more about Polly Vadasz and Sighh Studio. Hosted by Jess Bacon
21: How to Start a Personal Brand with Vix Meldrew
Season 2, Ep. 21
In this episode, Vix Meldrew, Founder of Grow & Glow shares her advice on how to start a personal brand online and the benefits of sharing your passions online. From teacher to blogger to business owner, Vix has done what some people only dream of: changed her career, ditched the 9-5 and managed to turn her passion into her full-time job. Here, Vix shares how to work through those limiting beliefs and finally get started on building that business or brand you've been thinking about. Find out more about Vix's membership, Grow & Glow, here. Find Vix on Instagram here. Hosted by Jess Bacon
How to get into Journalism with Beth Kirkbride
Season 2, Ep. 20
This week I am joined by Beth Kirkbride, the Founder of The Indiependent. Beth has a wealth of experience as a Journalist with bylines in Cosmopolitan and the Metro, and Editor as she is the Music Editor for The Indiependent alongside her full-time job. Here, Beth shares her advice for aspiring journalists from how to manage your side hustle alongside a full-time job to how to deal with the inevitable rejections. If you want to become a journalist, but are unsure how to break into the industry, Beth's advice is invaluable. Follow Beth on Twitter and Instagram Follow The Indiependent on Twitter and Instagram Hosted by Jess Bacon.
How to Save and have a Social Life with This Girl Talks Money
Season 2, Ep. 19
Ellie Austin-Williams is the founder of This Girl Talks Money the platform to help millennial women figure out how to use money as a tool to facilitate the lifestyle they want without missing out on the things they love doing most. Here, Ellie shares how important it is to know why you’re saving, how to change your spending habits and start asking yourself the tough questions such as do I even want to buy a house?If you’re struggling to find the balance between overspending and saving, Ellie is here to help you clarify your budget, start a saving goal and ultimately realise what it is you're saving for. Find out more about what Ellie can offer you at This Girl Talks Money. Ellie’s podcast: Money UnfilteredHosted by Jess Bacon
How to become a Lawyer with Megan Hulme
Season 2, Ep. 18
Megan Hulme is a trainee solicitor at Trowers & Hamlins, one of the top 40 law firms in the UK. Since her graduation, Megan has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in the legal sector, which she shares online with aspiring lawyers at It’s all Hear Say. Megan is breaking down some of the barriers within the legal industry to open the discourse and encourage young law graduates to collaborate and support each other in a highly competitive industry. Here Megan shares her personal experience as a law graduate trying to get an entry level job, as well as practical tips for interviews, building your CV and creating those vital professional connections. Connect with Megan on LinkedIn. Hosted by Jess Bacon.
We need to b&together to support Young People’s Mental Health
Season 2, Ep. 17
In this episode, I speak to the Maddy, a second-year English student and the Awareness Officer of the student led mental health charity, b&together. b&together is a non-profit founded by students at St Andrews University in 2020. The charity now has over seven branches in different universities across the UK to support students through the pandemic and mental health crisis. Here, Maddy offers an insight into student’s mental health during lockdown from the charity’s own research as well as her own personal experience and how the charity can benefit young people across the country. If you would like to get involved with b&together find out more here. Check out B&together on InstagramFind Jess Bacon, the host, on InstagramIf you are struggling with an Eating disorder, please do check out the UK's Eating Disorder charity beat and their support services here.
Imposter Syndrome: Does anyone know what they're doing?
Season 2, Ep. 16
I often feel like I don't know what I'm doing. I start Googling what qualifications I could get to show I'm capable of doing the job I already have. Does this sound familiar? In this episode, I take a deep dive into how imposter syndrome effects graduates, where I think it stems from and how to work through self-doubt and procrastination in both your personal and professional life. I share strategies to help you stop waiting until you feel ready or educated enough to apply for your dream job or take on a new project, to be able to know you are capable (and get on with doing what it is you're putting off) whilst you learn what you don't know along the way. I mention tips from Shahroo Izadi’s book The Kindness Method, Chloe Slade's coaching at Vibe + Flow and Sophie Cliff’s joy coaching. Hosted by Jess Bacon
Young People's Mental Health Support with Rosie Tressler OBE, CEO of Student Minds
Season 1, Ep. 15
Rosie Tressler OBE is the CEO of Student Minds, the UK's student mental health charity. Student Minds develops innovative approaches to support healthy university communities, collaborates on research, and empowers students, university professionals and connected communities to create change.Rosie has been working on the issue of student wellbeing for several years. She became the charity's Chief Executive Officer in 2015, following a number of different roles at Student Minds managing volunteering, campaigns and university relationships. Rosie is currently overseeing the Student Space programme, designed to provide additional support for students during the coronavirus pandemic.Here, Rosie discusses initiatives that Student Minds run to help students struggling with their mental health, what support you might be able to access, as well as how you can get involved and support the conversation around young people’s mental health. Rosie’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosietresslerStudent Minds: https://www.studentminds.org.ukStudent Space: https://studentspace.org.ukStudent Mind’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/StudentMindsOrgStudent Mind’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/studentmindsorg/Student Mind’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/student-minds/
Going Freelance and Writing for a Living with Fiona Thomas
Season 1, Ep. 14
Fiona Thomas is an author and freelance writer with work published in iPaper, Grazia, Happiful Magazine and Huffington Post. Her most recent book Out of Office: Ditch the 9-5 and Be Your Own Boss is a guide to freelancing.Here, Fiona shares her tips for finding your passion after university, growing a side hustle into a freelance business and why the making the leap into freelancing is much less graceful than it sounds! Fiona’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fionalikestoblog/Fiona’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/fionalikesFiona’s Website: https://fionalikestoblog.com/Fiona’s book: https://amzn.to/3cR14QaFiona’s podcast, Out of Office: https://fionalikestoblog.com/out-of-office-podcast/Host: https://www.instagram.com/jesskbacon/